Geoff Weaver has some of the oldest vines in the Adelaide Hills; his vineyards were planted between 1982 and 1988. With this awesome resource Geoff makes a Sauvignon Blanc that can only be described as ‘immaculate’, one of Australia’s top Chardonnays, and an often overlooked but highly aromatic and minerally Riesling. Geoff is clearly one of Australia’s elite white wine makers. They are quite cheap for the quality and well worth trying.
This is not your average Sauv. Mineral, herbal, tightly packed and with good structure. Sure, there is some tropical fruit but it adds to the savoury elements of this wine. It’s got a good line of acid on the dry palate which has some wonderful texture built on top. This is the kind of SB that could convert the harshest nay sayer. Especially if served blind. Enjoy over the next 5 years with seafood or white meats.
This is a big and varied region that basically stretches from the top of the McLaren Vale all the way to the bottom of the Barossa. This means there is a big scope for climatic conditions. In the central part where its altitude is quite high you can get some of the best sites in the world for Sparkling wine. In the slightly warmer parts of the centre, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme with Riesling, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc worthy of honourable mentions.
Hero to many, weed to many more. Sauvignon Blanc sure does divide people. The pure expression of Sauvignon fruit is a stunning and exuberant array of tropical fruits with ripe herbs and plant material. It excels in the chalk, clay and sand of the Loire as well as the wonderful vineyards in Bordeaux for dry white and Sauternes production where Semillon curbs its outgoing nature.